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Associated Press, Published November 06 2012

Hugo artist wins 2013 Minnesota walleye stamp contest

ST. PAUL — A painting of a walleye chasing a minnow will be featured on Minnesota's 2013 walleye stamp.

The Department of Natural Resources says a team of judges picked Nicholas Markell's design from among nine entries.

This is the second win for Markell in just over a year in a DNR-sponsored stamp contest. The Hugo man also won the 2012 trout stamp contest. Markell has been a finalist many times, finishing third in last year's walleye and turkey stamp contests.

An artist whose work is selected for a Minnesota fish or wildlife stamp receives no compensation from the DNR, but retains reproduction and marketing rights.

The Legislature created the optional walleye stamp in 2009. It adds $5 to the cost of an angling license. The revenues help fund walleye stocking programs.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.